Tuberculosis exposure reported at University of San Diego

Posted at 12:39 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 16:58:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County health officials warned the public Monday about possible tuberculosis exposure at the University of San Diego.

University officials are specifically concerned about 40 students and a professor who were in a class with the infected person on the Linda Vista campus between March 28 and June 20.

San Diego County Health and Human Services encouraged the group to be tested.

“Testing is recommended for all those exposed to assure they are not infected, since they may not have symptoms,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “For anyone infected, early diagnosis and prompt treatment can prevent disease.”

Symptoms of tuberculosis include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss. The disease is spread from person to person through prolonged contact. Most people who are exposed do not become infected.

Free testing for students will be available on July 18, 20, 23, 24, and 25 at USD Student Health Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Individuals who would like more information on this potential exposure should call the USD Student Health Center at (619) 260-4595 or the County of San Diego TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.